When Valve announced Steam Machines last month, it also promised to host a beta participation program for this year. Granted that the product itself is scheduled for release sometime next year but that doesn’t mean 300 lucky Steam members won’t get a chance to test it out first hand before it hits the markets.
While those members are yet to be determined, Valve has revealed hardware specifications for their Steam Machine prototypes.
- GPU: some units with Nvidia Titan, some GTX780, some GTX760 and some GTX660
- CPU: some boxes with Intel Core i7-4770, some Core i5-4570 and some Core i3
- RAM: 16 GB DDR3-1600 (CPU), 3 GB DDR5 (GPU)
- Storage: 1 TB / 8 GB hybrid SSHD
- Power supply: internal 450 W 80 Plus Gold
- Dimensions: approx. 12 inches x 12.4 inches x 2.9 inches high
The specifications really does bring Valve’s dream of combining “high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor” a reality. Measuring just a tad larger than the first PlayStation 3 slim, Steam Machines are going to come in a variety of shapes and specifications.
Furthermore, it’s fully upgradable and users can easily replace the GPU, hard drive, CPU and even the motherboard. Valve has also shared the CAD files to the casing, allowing users to design their own if they want to.